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Old 15 November 2002, 22:10   #1
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C.A.P.S. Game Manuals -> What file format?

I am still trying to decide on how to distribute Amiga manuals in C.A.P.S. releases... As far as I know of, there are only two ways I can properly do this:

JPEG's (Page1.jpg, Page2.jpg, etc.)
One PDF.

I would much rather have the manual in one file. So I personally am slanted towards PDF.

What do you guys think is best? Please rememer this manuals should be viewable on a range of platforms - but please suggest any more you know of and I will edit the poll. If you suggest another format, don't vote yet.

Thanks!

Update: Thanks to Burseg, I want to clarify that low colour manuals (or pages of manuals) will be stored as PNG due to the crap that a JPEG would put out...

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Old 15 November 2002, 22:24   #2
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I despise the proprietary format that is PDF. But they are stored as JPEG essentially, right? I vote for multiple JPEGs, even though it's a lossy compression...
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Old 15 November 2002, 23:27   #3
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Using JPG format is a terrible idea for black&white manuals. High contrast black&white is something JPEG compression hates. It fails to compress enough and a lot of noise will occur.
 
Old 16 November 2002, 00:13   #4
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I voted for PDF All "modern" Platforms can display PDF Files, even an Amiga can
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Old 16 November 2002, 01:05   #5
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PDF is fine with me...
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Old 16 November 2002, 01:20   #6
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I don't know what C.A.P.S. is all about but storing a manual as several JPEGs instead of one PDF would be daft. PDF is brilliant with black and White manuals, although I am judging from PC manuals (From the PC Sold Out range that includes lots of Amiga games )
 
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@žane

Yes, JPG's are lossy, but everything is scanned at 300dpi - storing the images as anything else would just be silly.

Also, PDF is not "really" proprietry anymore - the specs are well known. However, even if we were not to use it - what is the alternative that is not multiple files? I don't know. Hence the poll!

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You are right of course. I should have mentioned that on low colour scans, PNG will be used.

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Old 16 November 2002, 11:41   #8
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PDF is quite a nice format if you want to read or print out a doc. Colour or black & white pics show up quite nicely too if care is taken. As Retroman pointed out, even the Amiga has one or two good PDF readers these days.
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Old 16 November 2002, 13:29   #9
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PDF... Works great on any computer including our beloved Amiga.... Keep up the good work there my friend.
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Old 16 November 2002, 13:49   #10
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PDF rules. It's not perfect, but its shortcomings would not even be a factor for the subject at hand. For restoration of game manuals, there is no better solution at this time.
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Old 16 November 2002, 18:13   #11
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PDF rules. It's not perfect, but its shortcomings would not even be a factor for the subject at hand. For restoration of game manuals, there is no better solution at this time.
You put it quite nicely TG, I voted for PDF myself
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Old 16 November 2002, 19:35   #12
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since the only other way for Amiga specific files, would be multiview doc with embeded jpeg for diagrams/screenshots I say PDF is fine.

Yes its owned by Adobe, but its the best electronic document format I've seen on any platform, that gives single files.
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Old 17 November 2002, 02:30   #13
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300 DPI isnt needed to View on a monitor. Only need 96 dpi
I HATE PDF. Only for 1 good reason. Those that USE it, dont clean it up, and use ONLY what is needed. They tend to be VERY slow, and 10-100x TEXT format.

There WAS a RTF format that took pics....where is it.

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Old 17 November 2002, 09:46   #14
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Maybe the new JPEG2000 format has a better compression than the old one?
Nice! Thanks, I have just been looking at this - it looks really sweet!

There is even a plugin available for Adobe products so I could use this format embedded.

Shame JPEG2000 encoders/decoders are a bit thin on the ground... On an Amiga? No chance! (at present anyway)

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Anyway, I want the manuals to be in text format with ASCII pics ;P
No chance.
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300 DPI isnt needed to View on a monitor. Only need 96 dpi
That is not the point - this is a preservation project. We decided on 300 dpi because it gives the best results *printing* without enabling professional reproduction (where you need 600 dpi).

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I HATE PDF. Only for 1 good reason. Those that USE it, dont clean it up, and use ONLY what is needed. They tend to be VERY slow, and 10-100x TEXT format.
Not quite sure what you mean here... Are you saying don't just embed the pics?

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There WAS a RTF format that took pics....where is it.
Any suggestions welcome - if you find a better format, let me know.
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Okay guys, that was a fairly conclusive poll! Thanks to all who voted.

I am still open to suggestions, but the likely option will be PDF.

I am also still looking at JPEG2000 though - C.A.P.S. releases are going to be about 20-40Mb at present - just because of the scans - so it is certainly worth considering... (embedding into PDF of course).
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Reproduction is Fine. Alot of program will interpolate when printed, as MS Word does. And if its B&W, 96 DPI is fine.
300 Dpi figures to be about 1 meg per sqin of a Pic.
If its for Display only..96 DPI is fine...Print format.. Id suggest 150.

Embedded pics, ok, or even Pics included with the RTF format with Footnotes to tell which Pic to look at.

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That is not the point - this is a preservation project. We decided on 300 dpi because it gives the best results *printing* without enabling professional reproduction (where you need 600 dpi).



Not quite sure what you mean here... Are you saying don't just embed the pics?



Any suggestions welcome - if you find a better format, let me know.
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I despise the proprietary format that is PDF. But they are stored as JPEG essentially, right? I vote for multiple JPEGs, even though it's a lossy compression...
I understand where you are coming from there... proprietary stuff bites, but you can always use a utility like pdf2... and convert it to another format and work with that.
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Old 17 November 2002, 17:14   #20
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I'm indifferent to which format is used.

PDF is nice because it's one file. Good compression for B&W manuals and everything. But it has it's own shortcomings to pull it down.

In contrast JPG is a lot of files which is both an advantage in case you only want a certain part of the manual, but as was said. JPGs don't do that well for B/W scans and I believe they might even take longer to scan than PDF even if the PDF need to scan over a page twice.
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